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2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions Report Now Available

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DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions Report. An outcome of DCIG’s research in software-defined storage (SDS) for file storage, this report provides guidance on the DCIG TOP 5 solutions for providing effective file collaboration for distributed workforces.

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Many organizations rely on effective file-based collaboration for core business processes. This worked well when employees sat in offices with fast links to file servers or network-attached storage (NAS). However, today’s modern workforce now spans the globe.

Consider that before the pandemic, an estimated 5.7% of working Americans worked remotely at home. That percentage grew by nearly 18% in two years. This excludes the 28% of hybrid employees working from home or office as well as remote workers located around the world.

All this to say, is that today’s modern workforce spreads between office, home, mobile, and abroad. And when this dispersed workforce needs to work collaboratively on files using legacy systems, the result is frustration, lost time, lost money, and organizational risk.

SDS-based File Collaboration Benefits

 

Along with the change to a distributed workforce, organizations are integrating software-defined storage (SDS) solutions into their storage infrastructure for the increased flexibility, agility, and capabilities these software products offer. Many SDS-based file-storage solutions include features that enhance multi-site file collaboration and bring multiple benefits.

Scalability. As an organization grows over time, these file storage solutions allow IT departments to easily accommodate adding users, capacity, and collaboration services. The best software products provide consistent performance while scaling.

Version control. As a notable feature, these solutions help manage, track, and retain changes to files over time. Users can roll back to an earlier file version when mistakes are made or when an earlier version of the file is preferred. These solutions often provide audit trails that present all interactions with a file for compliance and security.

Modern file collaboration. These software products support file and folder sharing with internal and external stakeholders outside the organization. The degree of access can be customized based on need. Changes to collaborators’ files are automatically updated to the authoritative source wherever located. To speed synchronization, only the portions of a file that have changed are transmitted across the network. One common feature of these solutions is their ability to handle large files smoothly.

Reduced storage capacity. By centralizing shared files and implementing effective version controls, companies realize savings on file storage. Many offerings also utilize compression and deduplication for more efficient storage and reduced data transmission. Thus, organizations save file storage costs and reduce WAN bandwidth needs.

Public cloud integration. SDS solutions commonly integrate with public cloud services. This opens opportunities for public cloud or hybrid-cloud deployments. Organizations can leverage public cloud storage for archiving, backup, or hosting its files for collaboration. Plus, public cloud providers offer a number of features for securing and protecting data from cyberattacks and unforeseen events.

Table showing cloud support among DCIG TOP 5 winners

DCIG TOP 5 Collaboration Solutions evidence broad public cloud support allowing organizations to integrate its file collaboration solutions with cloud storage and cloud services.

Data protection, security, and control. With these products, IT administrators can holistically manage shared file data. IT departments experience control through their ability to assign file permission attributes at a granular level. And organizations can leverage data security features to protect their data from unauthorized access.

Fast file access. Frequently, these software products integrate technologies that provide fast access to active files for distributed teams and remote end users. For example, while the authoritative file may be stored in a private or public cloud, active data is cached locally for each office or end user. This speeds up performance and overcomes WAN latency issues when users or applications access data. File changes are updated on the back end and invisible to the end-user. As a result, all users have a near-immediate view of file updates, contributing to a positive end-user experience.

Automation. These file collaboration solutions provide automation features that save time and speed digital production. Many solutions support APIs that allow organizations to integrate file workflows with other software applications. Organizations can automate and orchestrate complex collaborative processes that otherwise would be error-prone manual endeavors. Automation saves organizations time and money and increases revenues by speeding up workflows.

In summary, these solutions speed file collaboration, improve end-user experiences, strengthen security, and reduce organizational storage needs. Ultimately, capabilities like these are essential for increasing the quality and speed at which organizations can produce digital assets for their internal and external stakeholders.

2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions

 

As noted above, the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions report is an outcome of DCIG’s research into the marketplace for software-defined storage (SDS) for file storage. Most solutions DCIG evaluated in this body of research reflect characteristic properties of SDS solutions. A deeper dive shows that a few reflect some, but not all, characteristics of SDS. These few offer excellent file collaboration capabilities. In total, DCIG evaluated 18 solutions that met DCIG’s definition of a Rising Vendor and characterized as file collaboration solutions or software-defined storage solutions for file storage protocols.

The general feature categories evaluated include:

  • Deployment Capabilities
  • Data Protection Capabilities
  • Product and Performance Management Features
  • File Collaboration Capabilities
  • Technical Support
  • Licensing and pricing.Table listing DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions

Based on its evaluation of these features, the following storage software providers earned DCIG TOP 5 award (in alphabetical order):

  • Hammerspace
  • LucidLink
  • Quobyte
  • Resilio Connect
  • Tiger Technology Tiger Bridge

Report Availability

 

The full DCIG TOP 5 report is available for download immediately at the link below. The full report contains additional details such as:

  • A listing of all eighteen solutions evaluated
  • Distinguishing features shared by all DCIG TOP 5 providers
  • A deeper explanation of the key similarities and differences between the DCIG TOP 5 providers
  • A profile of each solution that highlights notable features that earned it a DCIG TOP 5 award.

Confidentiality and Copyright

 

Other than excerpts published in this announcement, the contents of the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions report are copyrighted and may not be republished without permission. Individuals may access the full report at no cost by following the link below.

GET THE FREE REPORT ON THE TOP 5 MULTI-SITE FILE COLLABORATION SOLUTIONS 

 

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